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Home Living : June 21st 2011
HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1 HOMELIVING ............................................ INSIDE IDEAL IDEAS Smart buys of the season BLOOMING TIMES Cool tips for gardening LAUNDRY WISE Hints for fabric care SOLAR SAFETY Do your homework Janita Singh You can count on additions Making small changes in the house and outdoors not only adds comfort but value. Architect body Archicentre says adding a bedroom is the quickest way to increase the value of a two-bedroom humble home in a suburb. This could lift the value of the home immediately into a new price bracket with the potential to add another $50-$60,000. If you're planning on making any changes or additions to the house this season, do your homework. Careful planning before you start any home project will minimise disasters. Make notes, decide on the look. Keep a file of what you like, with photographs and clippings from newspapers and magazines to see what you want achieved. Compile a wish list with costing. You might be surprised to find you can rearrange the existing space rather than adding an expensive extension. And if in doubt, ask an expert. Hiring a designer for a renovation or just a small addition to the house could be the best thing you do. Even if you think you know what you want, the expert will help make your renovation as comfortable as possible. Keep cosy on a budget Energy efficient expert Paul Myors. With winter, its time to think carefully about heating options. Ausgrid's energy efficiency expert Paul Myors suggests choosing something that suits your needs, while keeping energy saving in mind. There are many types of heaters available and some are cheap to buy but expensive to run. A typical electric heater running for four hours every evening over winter can cost you more than $100 and will generate up to 750 kilograms of CO2. Fan and convection heaters can effectively heat a small to medium size room, while oil column heaters are slow to heat but safe to run unattended making them a good option for bedrooms. For larger areas, it really pays to invest in an efficient gas heater or reverse cycle air-conditioner, as they provide more heat at lower running costs compared to electric heaters. Remember its essential to have plenty of ventilation if you're buying an unflued gas heater. ''Our research shows more than 80 per cent of households overheat their homes so regardless of the type of heater you choose, its important to use it efficiently,'' Mr Myors said. Every degree you heat above 21C adds about 10 per cent to your heating costs, so rug up this winter and avoid overheating your home. Details: www.ausgrid.com.au. STOCKTAKE END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SALE! * % off 60 Up to OUT THEY GO! HURRY- LAST DAYS! sVERTICALS sROMANS sVENETIANS sROLLERS sTIMBERS sPLEATEDS sPANELS sSHEER ELEGANCE *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only. Offer supercedes previous offers. SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS 9636 1555 Showroom: 26 Stoddart Road, Prospect. (Mon--Fri & Sun) www.sydneyblinds.com.au FREE quotes ALL suburbs X34109
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